Judge award $6.7M in Boston student's death
BOSTON -- The family of a Northeastern University student who died after falling down stairs at a Boston bar has been awarded a $6.7 million settlement by a judge even though a jury found that the bar was not liable for the death.
In the decision filed Thursday, the judge said she ordered the bar to pay damages because it violated the city's permitting process and ignored the fact that the stairs 21-year-old Jacob Freeman fell down at Our House East in April 2007 were a safety hazard.
Freeman was legally drunk at the time.
A lawyer for the bar's owner tells The Boston Globe the stairs were off limits to customers and he will appeal.
Freeman's mother, Lisa Klairmont, of Tiburon, Calif., says she's glad the judge reached a "just decision."
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